London Majors take IBL pennant in first tie breaker game since 1997; beat Kitchener Panthers 4-0.

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August 2, 2016


The London Majors are the Intercounty Baseball League’s top seed heading into the playoffs.

London (28-9) clinched the pennant with a 4-0 win over the Kitchener Panthers Monday night in a one-game tie-breaker at Labatt Park. It was the fifth time in league history the pennant was won in a tie-breaker (1977, 1994, 1995, 1997).

Majors starter Cory Hammond (5-1) went the distance, scattering two hits while walking one and striking out three.

With Hammond and Panthers starter Matt McGovern going toe-to-toe, the Majors struck first in the seventh inning. Byron Reichstein led off with a line drive single to left field and then went to third on Michael Ambrose’s double past third base.
Kitchener brought its infield in, and McGovern got the next two hitters on a shallow fly out and ground out and was ahead 1-2 on

Brett Sabourin before the Majors’ first baseman ripped a single to left for the winning run.

London added three more runs in the eighth when Reichstein stroked a two-run double off the wall in left-centre field and came around to score on LeJon Baker’s two-out single.

RJ Fuhr had two hits and a run for London, which will face Guelph in the first round. Cleveland Brownlee also had two hits.
For Kitchener, McGovern (5-1) went seven innings and was charged with one run on seven hits, striking out six without issuing a walk.

Tanner Nivins and Mike Andrulis were the only players to record hits.

Defensively, Panthers first baseman Justin Interisano made a highlight-reel play to end the sixth inning. Interisano leapt to snag a soft liner and then doubled off Fuhr at second base.

Kitchener (27-10), which beat Brantford Sunday night to force a tie-breaker, will face Hamilton to start the playoffs. Other matchups include No. 3 Barrie vs. No. 6 Burlington and No. 4 Brantford vs. No. 5 Toronto.

Quarter finals schedule:
(1) London Majors vs (8) Guelph Royals
Game 1:
Game 2:
Game 3:
Game 4:
*Game 5:
*Game 6:
*Game 7:

(2) Kitchener Panthers vs (7) Hamilton Cardinals
Game 1:
Game 2:
Game 3:
Game 4:
*Game 5:
*Game 6:
*Game 7:

(3) Barrie Baycats vs (6) Burlington Bandits
Game 1: Thu, August 4 at Barrie; 7:30 PM
Game 2: Sat, August 6 at Burlington; 1:05 PM
Game 3: Sun, August 7 at Barrie; 7:00 PM
Game 4: Tue, August 9 at Burlington; 7:30 PM
*Game 5: Thu, August 11 at Barrie; 7:30 PM
*Game 6: Fri, August 12 at Burlington; 7:30 PM
*Game 7: Sat, August 13 at Barrie; 7:30 PM

(4) Brantford Red Sox vs (5) Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 1: Wed, August 3 at Brantford; 8:00 PM
Game 2: Thu, August 4 at Toronto; 7:30 PM
Game 3: Sun, August 7 at Toronto; 2:00 PM
Game 4: Wed, August 10 at Brantford; 8:00 PM
*Game 5: Fri, August 12 at Brantford; 8:00 PM
*Game 6: Sat, August 13 at Toronto; TBD
*Game 7: Sun, August 14 at Brantford; 8:00 PM

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